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Postby Ben gardner » Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:14 am

sometimes i get these blank spots in my mind where i cant think straight for a certain amount of time it usually happens in maths and i cant figure out an easy sum its very frustrating especially in exams does this happen to anyone else?
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Postby Steph » Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:12 pm

Yes I get it a lot when I am under pressure at work. I also quite frequently walk into a room to get something and then forget what I've walked in there for.
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Postby Ben gardner » Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:57 pm

im always forgetting what im supposed to be doing too
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Postby Alice » Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:22 pm

I get what I call brain fog. My head fills with what feels like a thick whitish mist and everything feels very distant and my thoughts are vague and muddled. It happens when I spend a lot of time in situations which are not quite enough to overload me, or when I've been trying to learn a lot or socialise a lot. My parents say it's my processing speed.

Around year 8 I started to feel like parts of my brain were getting clogged up with smoke. At the time I blamed it on not being given time to use them while I was being made to jump through hoops at school. Now I'm not so sure, I think adollecence is a strange time for the brain whether or not you spend enough time thinking. I don't think it's the same as brain fog because I've always had that.

In exams I can't read the questions propperly. This is due to anxiety though.

I forget what I'm doing halfway through routinely. My boyfriend says it's odd how as soon as I switch tasks the previous one flies out of my mind and I just abandon whatever I'm holding.

Sometimes small periods of time (5 mins to a few hours) go missing, they just fade out of my memory in the same way as instructions and mental notes. Stuff doesn't fade once I've "properly" remembered it (I think that's because the problem is only with short term memories). I remember once my Mum was asking me if I'd sprayed water on my brother a few minutes before, I said I couldn't remember and she said I was playing up my memory problems and that I must be able to remember something I did two minutes ago. I think that's the first time I realised that totally blanking on the imidiate past is actually not that common.
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Postby _robyn_ » Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:44 pm

I struggle alot to remember recent events and also remember instructions.

At school sometimes a teacher will tell a exact thing for me to do, I will walk off and then my brain will just completely blank, I just won't be able to remember what the teacher said even though it may have only been about a minute.
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Postby Ben gardner » Wed Oct 26, 2011 12:18 am

when it happens to me it feels like im wading through mud but in my mind, the speed at wich i can think slows down dramatically otherwise my mind is completely blank no thought and no feelings , like a trance , id just sit there staring at the paper and only a loud noise can snap me out of it very bad in lessons can be very bad if i go into it in an exam tho i van also snap out of it after 5 or so minutes. and thanks for your replys :wink:
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Postby _robyn_ » Wed Oct 26, 2011 12:39 am

I'm awful in exams.

I'm usually ok for the first few questions but then eventually I will read

"Exaplin your answer"

and then for some reason I just go completely blank, I forget what I wrote for my answer, why i wrote it what the question was, I go into a sort of trance where I'm just searching my brain and I have to re-read everything to understand something I had just written down. It is really frustrating.
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Postby Steph » Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:46 am

I remember in one Science lesson when I was in Year 8, my teacher suddenly said to me, "You need to think very carefully about whether you want to remain in this lesson". I was totally confused and then my friend who was sitting next to me said, "He wants you to take your coat off!" Apparently he had asked me 3 times but I just hadn't realised-my hearing has always been normal (deafness was the first thing I was tested for as a child when I couldn't follow instructions) so it must have been that, for some reason, I hadn't processed what he had asked me to do. I was mortified as I hated getting into trouble.
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Postby Liz » Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:34 am

Alice wrote:I get what I call brain fog. My head fills with what feels like a thick whitish mist and everything feels very distant and my thoughts are vague and muddled. It happens when I spend a lot of time in situations which are not quite enough to overload me, or when I've been trying to learn a lot or socialise a lot. My parents say it's my processing speed.

I experience "blank times" in those situations as well, like socializing or following a lecture in a crowded lecture hall. To me it seems as if those situations demand too much cognitive capacity so that after that my brain isn't able to process properly. At least it feels like that, I don't have any control of it, I just space out.
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Postby Creative » Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:42 pm

Sometimes, yes. I think it's because I processes information slowly sometimes. I am quick at word games though and a friend asked me if I could do that quickly why did I have trouble helping customers in the library. I found it hard to explain. I guess it's because people are unprecdictable and the queries are very varied. I wish I could have explained it better though.
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Postby wadey » Thu Oct 27, 2011 9:04 pm

I get blank times as well, espically under pressure. Sometime I could be talking to someone then suddendly stop talking mid way through a sentence as I forget what I was going to say, what we were talking about etc
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Postby Alice » Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:33 pm

I found out the hard way that beta blockers make brain fog worse in me. I doubt I'd have passed the exam or managed to revise properly anyway.
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Postby AnandaThePanda » Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:17 pm

Ben gardner wrote:when it happens to me it feels like im wading through mud but in my mind, the speed at wich i can think slows down dramatically otherwise my mind is completely blank no thought and no feelings , like a trance , id just sit there staring at the paper and only a loud noise can snap me out of it very bad in lessons can be very bad if i go into it in an exam tho i van also snap out of it after 5 or so minutes. and thanks for your replys :wink:

SAME! But thank fully not in an exam. Basically if I'm dong something and I'm unable to complete it e.g. a maths question, I'll just kind of sit there and do nothing for ages as apposed to moving on to the next thing or asking for help.
Also I sometimes go into that trance like state when I was supposed to be doing something at home which I can't do. And yes, I have terrible short term memory! :roll:
But of coarse there are amusing times. I once walked out of the dining room with my plate of food and then kind of forgot and carried it into my bedroom. :lol:
Also my friend is kind of Asbergic and I dropped her back at her house, then she walked me back to mine, then I dropped her off at hers......until her Mum noticed! Lol! :lol:
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Postby spilt juice » Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:31 pm

This happens to me a lot, especialy in exams. I also have moments were I forget something I've known for years (often a word) and spend the next hour or so racking my friends or families brains for what it could be. I call them brain kerplunks, I have no idea why. Does anybody ever get completley blank spells, where they just go into a sort of trance because that happens to me too.
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Postby liam666 » Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:59 pm

i get them a lot i somtimes feel like im a spectator to my own life
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